Although the Chinese calendar doesn’t have a Year of the Tomato, perhaps Wenatchee should — this year. At least it seems appropriate, with our warm spring and then plenty of hot days this summer to bring on lots of those mouth-watering, fresh-picked fruits.
I’ll wager every gardener reading this column is confronted with a few (or several) problems that I’m mentioning today. For instance, how about cutworms, aphids, droopy plants, leaves with dry edges — maybe all and very likely some of these are causing you consternation.
I recently sat down with Margaret Viebrock, food safety and preservation specialist with the Washington State University Extension, to chat about how to best use our freezers for preserving the usually abundant harvest.
Persian carpets and other “rugs of the East” are firmly established as elegant design elements — subtle and often-unheralded — that loudly whisper refinement and good taste. Historically, many of us think of them in terms of the imagery of medieval Europe: They were considered great status symbols in the 1500s and, some 200 years beyond, were too precious to put on floors; instead, they adorned tables, chests and walls.
Enjoying an afternoon of diving and swimming at Lakeside Park in Chelan along the edge of a storm system over the Cascade Mountains are from left, Skyler Nithivanich, Chelan, Chase Rigg, San Diego, and Mereck Palazzo, Chelan, all 15.
Spark your kids’ gardening enthusiasm at this Saturday’s Family Fun in the Garden at WSU/Chelan Master Gardener’s Community Education Garden, northwest corner of Western and Springwater avenues, Wenatchee.
It’s here, puncturevine, also known as goatheads, has already begun to germinate around Chelan County. You can find it on gravel driveways, parking areas, hard-packed or sandy soil, vacant lots and even in your yard or garden.
Noxious weeds and nuisance weeds are unsightly, degrade pasture land, reduce crop yields, destroy native habitat and are, well, noxious — they can hurt your feet. For example, think cheat grass in your socks or your dog’s fur, or puncture vine wounds in feet and bicycle tires.